Electricity is a big contributor to home bills. Between all the electrical devices in houses these days many people use more electricity than they need to, which isn’t good for your wallet or the environment. This doesn’t have to be the case however, with some smart energy saving tips you can make your home more energy efficient and save yourself a few dollars on your next electricity bill. Depending on your home you might have to invest in some energy saving measures, or some no-cost solutions might do the trick, here are some tips to help you save on your energy bills.
1. Consider your house
If you have an older drafty house it would be beneficial to look into your insulation, doors and windows. Updating these features could save you a lot of money on heating and cooling costs. Older homes may also have old furnaces, water heaters and other systems that may be drawing more power than necessary. When replacing appliances look for units with the energy star rating, this can help you find the most energy efficient solution for your home.
2. Use less hot water
Hot water is a big electrical draw in your home. If you want to save money on your next bill, watch how much hot water you use. Try washing your laundry in cold water and taking shorter showers to help reduce your hot water usage.
3. Turn off lights that aren’t in use
When you leave a room turn the lights off, especially when you won’t be returning for a long time. If you find you are a frequent offender of leaving lights on consider investing in a timer or smart bulbs so that even if you leave for the evening your lights can still be turned off. Installing a dimmer switch can also help with your electricity consumption. When you have dimmers your lights run at 80% power, and you won’t be able to notice a difference, this saves you money and extends the life of your bulb.
4. Adjust your home temperature
When you’re heading out the door or calling it a night, turn your heat down so you aren’t using as much energy. You can help yourself out by getting a digital thermostat installed and programming it to turn the temperature down at night and when you’re at work. In the summertime make sure you do the same with your air conditioner.
5. Switch to LED light bulbs
Switching out old light bulbs for modern, energy efficient LED bulbs will make a noticeable difference in your energy bill. Look for Energy Star light bulbs for the most efficient models. These lights give off virtually no heat making them more energy efficient and safer for your home, as lights make up approximately 5% of your annual electricity usage, this will help lower your bills.
6. Eliminate phantom loads
What are phantom loads you ask? This is the energy draw from appliances that are not in use. When you leave an electrical device, such as lamps, small appliances, or computers, plugged in they will draw a small amount of energy from the circuit even when they’re not in use. In order to avoid this unnecessary energy draw get into the habit of unplugging items when not in use. For many in the same area you can plug them into a powerbar and switch that off when finished with those devices.
When you need some energy saving tips get in touch with the experts at AJ’s Electrical. Electrical work is what we do and we can help you pinpoint areas of your home that are using more energy and help you find a solution to get your electricity usage back on track. Get in touch with us today for a free estimate.